- Sitka National Historical Park: The historic park, its buildings, and other structures in Sitka keep alive an alternate stream in history: one in which a Russian czar ruled Alaska and this little town was one of the most important on the west coast of North America.
- The Alaska State Museum (Juneau): This richly endowed museum doesn’t just show off its wealth of objects — it also uses them to teach about the state. A visit will put Alaska’s Native cultures and pioneer history in context.
- Anchorage Museum at Rasmuson Center: Alaska’s largest museum has the room and expertise to tell the story of Native and white history in Alaska, and to showcase contemporary Alaskan art and culture.
- The Pratt Museum (Homer): The Pratt explains natural history (especially the life of the ocean) in a clear and intimate way you’ll find nowhere else in Alaska.
- UA Museum of the North (Fairbanks): The spectacular renovation of this university museum includes a swooping new gallery to present Alaska’s art. Its older gallery contains an extraordinary natural history collection, presented with the help of some of the world’s top scientists on Alaskan subjects.
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